All-woman crew set to make Kannada film

Priya Belliappa will direct the film which will be produced by Ranjini Ravindra Das.  

Not many popular films give anything more than an ornamental place for the female lead. The presence of women behind the scenes, as directors or producers, has also been negligible in the male-dominated industry.

It is in this context that Ring Road Shubha, a film being made in Kannada with an all-woman crew, strikes as extraordinary. An attempt of a similar kind was made some 10 years ago in Hindi by actor-turned-director Revathy through Mitr, My Friend.

Crime story

Ring Road Shubha is being produced, directed, edited and cinematographed by women. It is inspired by the real life story of Shubha, a young woman who hatched a conspiracy along with three others to kill her fiancé and was later sentenced to life imprisonment. Production of the film will commence this month-end.

Ranjini Ravindra Das, an advocate, is producing the film and Priya Belliappa, a Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, graduate, is directing the film apart from scripting it.

Maulshri Singhis the cinematographer, while Sanchari Das Mollick is editing the film. Bharti Chabria and Shilpa Saloni are jointly designing the costume, while Apoora is the art director. Charu has taken up the responsibility of make-up and writer Rekha Rani is penning the dialogues. Rekha Chinni Prakash and Vaishnavi are jointly doing choreography for the film. “Public relations of the film is also being done by a woman. We, however, found it difficult to get technicians from Karnataka,” Ms. Das said.

Ms. Belliappa has chosen her crew from across the country. According to her, the film is inspired by Shubha’s life and not a chunk lifted from her life story. Ms. Belliappa is conducting a workshop for the acting crew and Khushi, who has been selected through a reality show, will play the role of Shubha.

“After a lot of deliberations, we decided to make a film with an all-woman crew taking into account all issues objectively. The conviction and passion towards cinema is what led us to form an all-woman team,” she said.

“In Shubha’s case, the media became judgemental and portrayed her as a villain. We are trying to explore every side of the story.”

It is still not clear if the movie will have all the quintessential ingredients of a commercial film, song and dance included. “The team is discussing the issue… The film will be shot in two schedules in Bangalore and in a small village,” says Ms. Das.

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